Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh awarded the First Gandhi Mandela Peace Medal

In his speech at the award ceremony the convener of the event mentioned that the award was being presented to the Zen Master for his “Impact on Spirituality” and said that “Thich Nhat Hanh is the ‘Father of Mindfulness’ whose teachings have changed the lives of millions of people world wide”.

The award was presented to the Ahimsa Trust Sangha who received the plaque on behalf of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. The ceremony was well attended with members of both Mahatma Gandhi’s family and Nelson Mandela’s family present.

The jury members of the peace award include eminent social workers, journalists and business persons. The Chief Guest at the ceremony was the veteran politician and renowned scholar Dr. Karan Singh, who had hosted Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh on his last visit to India in 2008.

Ahimsa Trust Sangha members, including members of the Order of Inter-being set up by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in 1966, receiving the award on Thay’s behalf.

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  • Greetings and blessings from Atlanta, Georgia. Congratulations to Thay and the Ahimsa Trust for receiving this very prestigious and deserving award. I am also grateful that, in this time of fossil fuel driven climate change, a large BPF contingent did not fly in to receive it in person. Thay has always taught us the beauty and power in simplicity.

  • I feel so moved our dear Thay is the first receipient of this award, it is so comforting to know such an aware and integrated being exists in our planet at this time gratitude to him and to his dedicated community of monastics and the order of interbeing. As Thay says we are in him and he is in us. In gratitude. Carmel Ireland

  • Gracias Thay por tus enseñanzas y por tu ejemplo de vida
    Por tu sencillez humildad y enseñarnos a vivir el momento presente .
    Tu siempre estarás con nosotros en nuestro caminar consciente y atención plena .Un abrazo desde España

  • please be sure Master Thay knows that his Great Work and Messages are truly reaching the entire world and changing it in a most beneficial way (and of course that He is deeply loved by millions) !! Thank you.

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